November 27, 2012

beauty scoop | eminence eight greens youth serum

As a bona fide fan of so-called “super serums” (aka nourishing, organic facial oils), I finally splurged on Eminence’s Eight Greens Youth Serum after a recent deep cleansing facial where my aesthetician used this light, slightly sticky potion on my acne-prone skin.

eminence eight greens youth serum

{I bought Eminence’s Eight Greens Youth Serum from Roca Salon and Spa for $44. Photo Courtesy Eminence Organic Skin Care}

When I bought this serum, I was suffering from major acne breakouts; I had large, cystic bumps on my forehead and jawline and annoying little red pimples in random areas on my face.

I was desperate for a miracle treatment, but as a natural beauty blogger who’s been around a bit, I knew it would take some time for my skin to benefit from a new product.

I gave Eminence’s Eight Greens Youth Serum four weeks to do its magic, and my results were … nonexistent.

Major bummer. Especially during that insane purging time where my self-esteem was low and pimples seemed to be reaching new heights every day.

I diligently applied the serum every night before bed, and even added a little extra as a spot treatment to trouble zones. While my skin did feel a bit tighter (not in an uncomfortable way), the serum in no way helped soothe redness, bring down the inflammation or, in the end, help heal my breakouts.

As you may have guessed, after this trial period (a LONG four weeks of faith!), I went back to my trust ol’ jojoba and tea tree oil concoction (this was pre-Zum Rub revelation) to fight off the breakouts and get my skin back to a less-broken-out-look.

I will say that I gave Eminence’s Eight Greens Youth Serum a very difficult test; this bottle of yucca juice, lavender and more delicious ingredients had to battle skin that was purging post-deep-cleanse-facial … and skin that hadn’t had a facial in a few months.

Here’s the full list of ingredients:

Yucca Juice, Lavender Extract, Glycerine, Linseed Extract, Yucca Extract, Chasteberry Extract, Hops Extract, Horsetail Extract, Paprika Extract, Biocomplex (Vitamin A, Esther C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid), Spring Water, Glycine Derivative, Lavender Oil, Red Clover Extract

Yucca is supposed to be an amazing antioxidant, and we know that lavender is up there with tea tree oil with its acne-fighting capabilities.

It seems, though, that this serum just didn’t have enough “oomph” in it to truly be an acne-fighter for those of us who get more than just the occasional pimple. I’ll be passing Eminence’s Eight Greens Youth Serum on to the next family member who claims it!

Have you ever tried Eminence’s Eight Greens Youth Serum? Did it work for you? What’s your special pimple-fighting skin care treatment? Tell me in the comments section!

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  • mangomadness

    My staple pimple-fighting treatment is tea tree essential oil.

    I recently purchased Nelsons Pure and Clear Acne Treatment Gel. It has great reviews on iHerb and MakeUpAlley.

  • http://beautybybritanie.com Britanie

    Love to see such an honest review! What a shame when you use something so diligently and it doesn’t pay off :( At least you tried, though! I can’t wait to get my Zum Rub in the mail!!! Are you still using it daily?

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      @britanie i know! but hey, i gotta give every supposed miracle worker a try! i am definitely still using my zum rub at night (not a good daytime treatment since it’s a bit greasy).

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @mangomadness gotta love the tea tree oil! i will have to check out the nelsons product you mentioned — thanks for the recommendation! xx

  • Kristin

    Good to know! I had been looking at this serum for a while, so I’m glad I didn’t purchase it. Have you tried calendula cream? I got some for Will’s occasional eczema and now I love it! I swear it stopped some cystic acne on my face when mixed with a little tea tree oil. It was California Baby but they have since reformulated the cream so I’m not sure if it will still be as effective. I’m going to pick up some of the Zum Rub at my next Whole Foods trip!

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @kristin i *have* tried the california baby calendula cream! i loved it, but i never used it on my face — just on my hands/feet! i will have to look into california baby again…didn’t know they reformulated…is this a good thing or a bad thing? and tell me how you like the zum rub!!! xx



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